by Elizabeth Renter
October 28th, 2012| Updated 10/31/2012 at 7:41 pm
Turmeric, it gives curries their smoky, pungent taste and gorgeous yellow hue. But this root is far more than just tasty—it’s one of the most valuable plant-based medicines in existence. Research has connected turmeric to a variety of wonderful benefits, including and especially the promotion of liver health.
The Role of Turmeric in Restoring the Liver
According to a new study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, scientists there have found that the livers of diabetic rats were repaired and even regenerated with the help of this yellow power-root.
Severe diabetics often suffer liver damage and disease as they progress. But, research indicates turmeric may be able to help.
“Fascinatingly, liver microvasculature in curcumin treated group developed into regenerate and repair into healthy and normal characteristics.” They concluded: “These results optimistically demonstrated the potential use of curcumin as a novel therapeutic agent in liver pathology of diabetic rats.”
What is it about turmeric that makes it so great? It’s the compound known as curcumin. And curcumin has long been connected to liver health. Numerous studies have linked it to effectively combating liver cancer and improving liver fibroids. What’s more, turmeric can uniquely assist the enzymes that are responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens. The result is enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells. Turmeric is also notably responsible for improving the health of the gallbladder as well.
In relation to diabetes, there are countless studies, as shown in this chart from GreenMedInfo.com, that link curcumin and the treatment of diabetes-related problems. This includes the benefits of turmeric related to liver disease, kidney function, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, bone density, diabetes prevention, and diabetic neuropathies.
The list of benefits doesn’t stop there—turmeric has also been shown to be able to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Experts believe the lower incidence of this disease in Middle Eastern populations could be credited to the higher consumption of turmeric.
Melnoma, breast cancer, lung cancer, neck cancer, and of course liver cancer, may all be helped with turmeric. It can also, reportedly, make cells more vulnerable to cancer treatments.
It’s an anti-inflammatory as well. This property means curcumin can help with things like arthritis, eczema, allergies, digestive problems and skin issues. It’s an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial agent.
Reaping the benefits of turmeric and curcumin is simple: start eating it! Curries are a great way to get plenty of this super-root, and curries are very versatile. But, if Caribbean or Middle-Eastern cuisine isn’t your thing: add it to soups and sprinkle it on vegetables. For more on what this spice is capable of, check out some other awesome turmeric uses.